Promenade des Anglais:
Nice's Promenade des Anglais is part of the heart of this seaside French city. Nice's Promenade des Anglais is lined with cafes situated directly on the beach, and it's a bustling area active with cyclists, runners, walkers and rollerbladers. Find out more about the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France.
About the Promenade des Anglais:
The promenade is a walkway lining the Bay of Angels in Nice, and it actually runs for several miles. It has existed for decades, dating back to the 1800s when aristocrats from throughout Europe flocked to the inviting Cote d'Azur city. Today, it is a thriving concourse along a thriving Riviera city, home to many landmark hotels, dozens of cafes and miles of beach. It stretches from the airport on the western side to Old Nice (and the quai des Etats Unis) to the east.
What's on the Promenade des Anglais:
The Promenade des Anglais is worth a visit even if you merely plan to find one of the promenade's blue chairs, have a seat, listen to the waves and watch the world sail by. There are many popular sights to see along the route, however, including:
- Just east of the promenade, the start of the Cours Selaya market and Old Nice (or Vieux Nice).
- Place Massena, an expansive square that is arguably the hub of activity in Nice.
- Casino Ruhl
- The stunning example of art deco architecture (just recently restored), Palais de la Mediterranee
- The Hotel Negresco, another glorious art deco building
Tips for Visiting the Promenade des Anglais:
It is certainly easy to find and enjoy the Promenade des Anglais. In fact, being in Nice one almost feels pulled towards the shore. Still, there are tips for enjoying the promenade:
- Don't simply assume because a hotel or vacation rental is on the Promenade des Anglais that you are in a central location. Some spots are, in fact, a drive of several minutes from most of the action. (Hint: lower address number is better.)
- Many beaches along the promenade are private, and you must pay to rent a chair and umbrella. Shop around because some are more expensive than others.
Where to Stay on the Promenade des Anglais:
There is a tremendous concentration of hotels along the Promenade des Anglais. Everyone wants seaside accommodations! Here are some of the best hotels along the promenade:
- Hotel Negresco - This is the city's best known hotel for a reason, and it has an amazing architecture and rich history. Book it now
- Hotel Meridien - If you like to be where the action is, this hotel is ideal. It's steps from the pedestrian zone and Place Massena, and is literally at 1 Promenade des Anglais. Book it now.
- Hotel Windsor - This is actually about a 3-5 minute walk to the promenade, but it's wonderful and less pricey. Book it now.